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Flesh and Blood (House of Comarré) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2011

4.3 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
Book 2 of 6 in the House of Comarré Series

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"[Flesh and Blood] starts out quickly and the pace keeps up. . . . It's always interesting to keep [listening]!" ---Romantic Times --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.

About the Author

Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning urban fantasy for Orbit Books. The former college English teacher can often be found on twitter @Kristen_Painter, Facebook at www.facebook.com/KristenPainterAuthor, where she loves to interact with her readers and on her blog, http://kristenpainter.com/blog/.
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Product Details

  • Series: House of Comarré (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Reissue edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780316084765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316084765
  • ASIN: 031608476X
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* If you haven't read Blood Rights, I don't recommend reading this review unless you don't mind spoilers!

I enjoyed Flesh and Blood even more than Blood Rights! Much more! I guess it could be because there was much less explaining of things. Painter just delved right on in.

This book takes place not long after the events of Blood Rights. Chrysabelle is living in her deceased mother's home now, and Mal is still living in his dilapidated barge on the water - with Doc, of course.

Chrysabelle still owes Mal for helping her. She promised him that she would help lift his curse by visiting the Aurelian, and eventually she finds out the only way left for her to do that requires a blood sacrifice: her own blood.

Mal still refuses to drink from Chrysabelle, and neither of them are even sure that he owns her blood rights now that Fi is dead. Not to mention the weird sexual tension going on! These concerns are pushed to the back burner once these two are brought back together for a greater purpose. Not only do they have to make the sacrifice required to go see the Aurelian, but Tatiana has gained more power, and with the covenant broken - she is free to wield it against anyone she wants. Not only that, but issues with Dominic arise, issues that involve Doc.

Doc has problems of his own. Fiona is dead, yet he still sees wisps of her ghostly form floating around the barge, and eventually finds out that she is reliving her death at the hands of Mal every single night. Doc makes it his goal to bring her back, and has to visit the witch (a voodoo witch who lives out in the swamps, eck!) who cursed him to do it. In finding out what she wants in return, Doc is faced with an impossible task.

We also have a brand new character in this book. Creek.
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Book two in Ms. Painter's series finds Mal and Chrysabelle at odds over her delay in keeping her promise to help him find a way to remove his curse. The Covenant has been broken and the veil between humans and other-naturals is gone. As more and more humans discover the reality of vampires, shape-shifters,fey and fringe, the inevitability of war between them looms. Into this mix comes another group, the Kubai Mata, specifically in the person of Creek, a human ex-con recruited by the KM to recover the Ring of Sorrows. The triangle of Mal, Creek and Chrysabelle seethes with emotions barely held in check and confrontation between Creek and Mal over Chrysabelle threatens their uneasy truce. Meanwhile Chrysabelle is determined to do two things - help Mal to find the cure for his curse, and kill Tatianna, the vampiress who killed her mother. Miss Painter juggles these multiple plot lines like a master, keeping this reader turning pages far into the night. The pacing is excellent and the characters so well-drawn, you'll expect them to knock on your door. (If it's after sundown, don't answer.) I put no spoilers in this review to prepare you for the surprises at the end, but can only suggest you read and enjoy. This vampire series with a twist promises to become one of my favorites. If you haven't read the first book in this series,Blood Rights (House of Comarré) is more than worth your time and money.
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In Blood Rights we read an original story but in Flesh and Blood the author uses two tools which I particularly don't like a love triangle and cliffhanger .

Chrysabelle and Mal have a strong connection and the other part of the affair Creek isn't a strong one to unbalance that no matter how much he tries.

Creek is a member of the Kubai Mata a secret organization to protect the humans from all the othernaturals, they are trained and capable of facing all kinds of dangers and they have a deep knowledge of things, he is actually a cool character but around Chrysabelle he acts like a love sick puppy. Oh and I forgot to mention that the Kubai Mata wants the ring of sorrow!.....

In the beginning of this book Chrysabelle and Mal are mad with each other but soon they accept the fact that once more they must work together not only to visit the Aurelian to get the answer to Mal's curse but also to save Doc from Dominic.

Tatiana is still a bitch!

Other than that, the way this books ends is the main reason for the two star review. I understand when a cliffhanger is necessary; I know when the author needs some loose ends to continue the story. In this installment everything is left unanswered, we have so many things unresolved that the final act with the witches was totally unnecessary .

The unfortunate thing is that I have already bought the third one of the series Bad Blood and it's the only reason I'm going to continue reading.

P.S I really like Mal!
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This is the second book in the Comarre series where we see Chrysabelle start to break the bonds drilled into her psyche over the past 115 years. While the decisions she takes are seen as minor in themselves, the culmination of those changes result in a woman who's decided she's very much the mistress of her own destiny.

Her relationship with Mal also continues to grow and we see more instances where their need for each other can only end up in an explosive capitulation - whether for good or bad is yet to be seen. I totally adore Mal, he's so tortured yet so strong when controlling his inner demons around her. The two of them are the epitome of opposites - him so bitterly dark and her filled with glittering golden light - so delicately intertwined that one could not survive the other.

Bring in Creek, a sexy-as-all-hell Seminole who has been indoctrinated into a sect (Kubai Mata) with the primary goal of protecting humans while wiping out the vampire race, and you have the makings of a very interesting love triangle. Does he balance the light and dark? Can he be trusted even though he seems pivotal to Chrysabelle's development? Strangely enough, they both suit her and each provide something Chrysabelle needs - gonna be interesting to see how this one pans out as Ms Painter hasn't given any indication on who Chrysabelle's main squeeze would be :-) ... but my heart is set on Mal!

With the covenant broken and the veil between humans and othernaturals down, the story is blown wide open - war is inevitable as othernaturals struggle for power, evil sees further opportunity and humans come to grip with a world previously hidden from them.

I enjoyed this book just as much as the first but there were few things that I personally found distracting.
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